India has been long been trying to deem its neighbouring country Pakistan as an terrorist state in the eyes of the international media and countries. At the United Nations General Assembly, India got the perfect opportunity to slam the country sponsoring terrorism by calling it ‘Terroristan’!
India’s first secretary Gambhir, at the UN Assembly, said:
“Pakistan is now ‘Terroristan’, with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism. The quest for a land of pure has actually produced ‘the land of pure terror’. In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror.”
Giving the example of Hafiz Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist who plans to contest the next general elections in Pakistan, India highlighted how Pakistan was harbouring terrorist leaders in its military town and protecting them with political careers.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi defended terrorism at the UNGA and once again sought to highlight the bilateral dispute of Kashmir between the two countries at an international forum.
India pointed out that by raising the Kashmir issue, Pakistan tries to deflect attention from the terrorist elements on its soil.
Gambhir further added,
“It is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim. By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deceptions and deceit.”
At the global level, this is another attempt by India to highlight the importance of declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state, the repercussions of which, are deeply felt in the neighbouring Asian countries.